Response of local blood flow in the caudate nucleus of the cat to intraventricular administration of histamine.
The effect of intraventricular histamine on blood flow in the caudate nucleus of the cat was studied by means of the hydrogen clearance technique. Bilateral ventriculo-cisternal perfusion was installed. After a control period during which both lateral ventricles were perfused with mock CSF with the same composition, the drug under study was added to one side (experimental side) while the other side was perfused further with the control mock SCF (control side). At each point in time, blood flow at the experimental side was compared to that at the control side. Histamine (10(-3) M) caused a severe vasodilatation and this effect was completely antagonised by the H2-receptor blocker cimetidine (10(-2) M). Cimetidine had no vasoactive effects of itself in the concentration used. The H2-receptor agonist Dimaprit (10(-3) M) had a vasodilator effect although less important than histamine. Indirect evidence was gained that H1-receptors are not active in the vascular bed under study.
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